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I always heard it was dangerous to give dogs meat with bones attached, because the dog might splinter and eat the bones, which might cause tears in the dog's intestines. So is it okay to let the dogs chew on real bones? Do your dogs eat the meat and leave the bones? Just curious…

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Thanks all, for the advice. We fed Charlie a white rice-boiled chicken breast diet for most of last week, and thankfully it seems his systems are back to normal. But… we did have an interesting observation that I wanted to share and get your feedback on.

While he was getting the chicken and rice, Charlie seemed a bit more 'tame' than usual - calmer, more restful, less jumpy. We attributed it to him being hungry and weak from the diarhhea and the low-energy diet.

As soon as we added even a bit of usual kibble back to his meals, we noticed that his usual 'edginess' came back. He's always been a restless, edgy boy - ready for action at any minute - highly attuned to about what's going on, and what it might mean for him - and likely to create some action if he's bored. His crankiness came back too. Anyway, all this made me think that perhaps his kibble is causing some of his restlessness, edginess and crankiness. Is this possible? Or is it more likely that he's just feeling more like his usual basenji self again?

P.S. Charlie's on Canidae chicken and rice kibble. We usually add a spoon of pumpkin.

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How did you teach Tillo to jump over your legs? That looks so fun! I'd love to teach our puppies that!

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If she has a tummy upset, the best thing is to withhold food for 24 hours and let the tummy calm down… then give her boil chicken (or boil ground turkey and/or chicken) and rice (brown is best) for a couple days.

Hi there. This is a very timely post for us, because Charlie is having his first bout of diarhhea with us. We are not going to give him dinner tonight, and tomorrow we'd like to try the chicken and rice diet. I'm wondering, though, how much chicken and how much rice? (Charlie is 20 months old and about 28 pounds - he's stockier than a purebred basenji because he's a pug mix.)

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Hi there. Is it possible that Troy doesn't like being in the crate with his potty pad? Maybe he thinks that he's being locked in the bathroom…

Or maybe Troy isn't tired enough at the end of the day to settle down for the night. We used to train Charlie before his bedtime. As they say, a tired basenji is a good basenji...

Our Charlie didn't start using a crate till he was about 7 months old. He started out sleeping in a basket in our bedroom. Then progressed to sleeping in his basket in our puppy-proofed and baby-gated diningroom. Then progressed to sleeping in his crate in our livingroom. The biggest hurdle for him seemed to be sleeping away from us, not sleeping in the crate. When he was getting used to sleeping away from us, he'd cry at night and again in the morning when he woke up. We'd ignore him at night, and in the morning we'd try to get up when he got up. We'd sit with him for a bit, till he dozed off, then we'd creep back to bed till he woke up again. Eventually, he stopped protesting at night, and he started sleeping longer and longer into the morning. He never pee'ed or pooped during the night, though.

Lexi started sleeping in her crate in our livingroom right from the beginning (she was 12 weeks old). She whined here and there for the first month. When she whined, we let her whine a bit. If she didn't stop after a few minutes, we took her to the yard for potty. Then back in her crate right away, without any cuddling or anything. Kept repeating this until she figured out that whining would only get her a quick pee break.

Not sure if this helps... Good luck!

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Hi all,

Lexi is almost 8 months old now. This past week, she started mounting Charlie (almost 20 months, neutered). Often, she'll do it when he's busy with something else, though sometimes it happens when they're wrestling, too. Charlie lets her do it for a bit, but eventually tells her 'that's enough' with a turn and a snarl. (Charlie and Lexi like each other and get along well… except that Charlie can be a bully at times, growling at her to give him his space or his toys.) The other day, Lexi met another dog on a walk, and mounted him, too! It looked like it was an attempt to play, though, because she started out with some play bows.

We were going to have her spayed around 6 months, but she started her heat cycle just around then. So, now we're waiting for it to finish. It seems that it's almost done - after over a month! She's not bleeding anymore, and the swelling is almost all gone.

So, do you think Lexi's behaviour is play-related? or is it related to her finishing her heat cycle? or is it related to her stage of puppy development, where she's trying to move up the social ladder?

Also, we're not sure whether to just let her go ahead and mount Charlie, and let Charlie deal with it as he wants to... or whether we should ask Lexi not to mount other dogs. We never had to deal with this issue before, since Charlie has never once mounted another dog. Any thoughts?

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Yes, very sweet dog! I have two b-mixes: a basenji-pug and a basenji-boston terrier. I think you'll find the info and advice on this forum really helpful. I know I have!

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Just found this other thread with some useful info:

One reply on that other thread mentioned listening to the play/fight sounds - if they hit that next octave, then it's time to intervene. It's only ever gotten to that extra intense level a few times, and then they either stopped by themselves or I sprayed them with water to split them up.

I'd like to be as hands off as possible, but without being irresponsible or allowing bad habits to form. It seems like a tricky balance to me.

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First of all: I think Lexi is a very cute girl! Love the first pic!

Thank you!


I can't really agree on keeping the BYB in business.. but that's your choice.

When we first got Charlie, we weren't aware of the concerns regarding BYBs. We knew about pet stores and puppy mills, and thought that BYBs were a better alternative. We joined this forum shortly after getting Charlie, and learned all about the 'cons' of BYBs through members of the forum. So we were more informed when it came time to pick our next dog. We actually intended to get him/her from the Humane Society, but finding out that Charlie had a blood sister… something about it felt like we had to bring them together. I know that sounds cheesy :o


If it is about him or her getting attention (or in their eyes.. not getting as much attention as the other..) from you, I wouldn't allow it. You decide who gets the attention.. not Charlie..

I read in your post that Charlie tries to get Lexi when she is being disciplined by you.. I would certainly not allow that.. It looks likes he is trying to 'get' Lexi when she is 'weak'. It's not his job to discipline her in the cases that you don't agree with her behaviour..

So if Charlie's growling and charging at Lexi because he's unhappy that she's getting more attention (as when she gets a special treat and he doesn't), or because she's being corrected by me (as when I'm telling her 'off' or 'leave it'), then you suggest we intervene. Okay… we can try that! I guess I've just been reluctant to make Charlie feel even more insecure - not only does he have to share all his things and humans with a new pup, he has to figure out his new place in the household, and his Mama and Papa are scolding him more than usual. But maybe it's helpful for him to have Mama and Papa lay down the law. I guess I just need to remember that this is a learning experience for all of us, and we all - including Charlie - need to learn new rules and boundaries. We were in such a good 'flow' with Charlie before Lexi came along... it some ways it feels like going back to puppyhood with Charlie, too.

Anyway, thanks again for the response!

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Hi all,

As I've mentioned in other posts, we have recently added another pooch to our household - another B mix. We got her from the same breeder as our first B mix. The breeder is, I'll admit, a backyard breeder, but we were thinking of getting another dog to keep Charlie company, and when we saw that he had a sister out there - the last one in her litter - it was very hard to resist.

So, Charlie (basenji-pug) is 16 months old, and Lexi (basenji-boston terrier) is 4 months old. Some of our favourite pics so far:

The first few days were kind of tense, with Charlie really not sure what was going on, and where he stood with us and the new pup. He was snarly a lot - guarding his space mostly. She wanted to cuddle, but he didn't. And he played pretty tough - not tough enough to hurt her, but it almost always looked like he was about to strangle her - he'd really pin her down with his mouth around her neck and make strange sounds. Trying to establish his status, I think.

Anyway, after that first week, things evened out a little. They seemed to fall into a nice routine of playing first thing in the morning, then again after their morning nap, then again after their afternoon nap, and in the evening before bed - basically whenever they were awake and perky. Their play sessions got less fierce - still very physical, but not as noisy. He became less touchy about her cuddling up beside him, and even started to cuddle up beside her!

So, it's been about two months since Lexi has come into our home. The past two weeks or so, I think I've noticed that Charlie is getting a bit rougher and tougher again. I'm not sure if I'm imagining it or not. But more and more, he reprimands her if she's doing something and I tell her to "get off" or "leave it" (commands he associates with 'forbidden' behaviours) - he rushes over to her, growling, to pin her down and mouth her neck. Or another example: we tell the pooches to get in their crates for meals and bedtime. Charlie goes right in, but sometimes Lexi take her time. Charlie then rushes out of his crate toward her, growling, snarling, etc. To me, it looks like he's telling her off for holding them up, or maybe even trying to herd her into her crate. Also, if Lexi gets a special treat for doing something good, or sometimes for what seems like no reason at all, he rushes over, all concerned and upset, and makes a big, ugly fuss.

From reading other threads, I gather that intervening can sometimes do more harm than good, and that dogs need to sort things out between themselves. But I don't like seeing Lexi get so much grief from her big brother. She's already more timid and submissive than Charlie ever was, and I don't want her to become a fearful dog. Thankfully, Lexi seems to bounce back from Charlie's outbursts pretty well, and doesn't seem to hold things against him. Funny thing is, she's actually pretty feisty with him, but much more timid around other dogs. She has learned, though, when to leave him alone.

So, after that long description, my question is: Should we let Charlie 'discipline' Lexi? Are there times when it's okay for him to reprimand her, and other times when we shouldn't allow it? How rough is too rough?

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